to Dec 31

Our Voices

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Our Voices
Murray-Calloway County Central Park & Murray Art Guild

The Murray Art Guild was recently awarded a “360 Grant” from the Community Foundation of West Kentucky in order to facilitate an art and wellness project, entitled “Our Voices” for area highschool students.  Creativity can help teens express and process hard feelings, such as grief, fear, and anger that they may not have words for.  In light of recent events in our region, this special, nonpartisan, collaborative project was created to help the students process their emotions, and express their "voice" for support or healing or change for the local community.

“Our Voices” is a collaboration of the Murray Art Guild, Murray High School, Calloway County High School, Murray Calloway County Parks & Recreation, and local artist and art and wellness instructor, Jennifer Fairbanks.  Jennifer Fairbanks, a Murray High alumnus, received a Bachelor of Arts from Murray State University, a Masters of Art in Art Therapy from New York University, as well as attending various short-term, art-intensive academies and receiving multiple awards.  Currently she operates Gallery 109 in Murray, KY, doing commission work and offering painting, drawing, and art and wellness classes for the Murray community

The project involved around 700 students embellishing 6” x 8” blank cotton flags with either words or artwork after spending some time going through written prompts which led the students to consider their emotions and any positive change they would like to see in our community.  The artwork was created at the schools in the last few weeks of March; and then the completed flags were installed in the Murray Calloway County Central Park, across from the amphitheater, for public display from April to May. 

The exhibit has been moved to the back of the Murray Art Guild for the rest of the summer season.  Come by & enjoy!! 

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to Nov 13


Tall Trees with Green Leaves  by Josie Cothran

Tall Trees with Green Leaves by Josie Cothran



Sep 19 - Oct 26

Opening Reception & Awards / Sep 27 / 5-7PM
Awards announced at 6pm



Exhibition / 9.19 - 10. 26
Submissions Due / 8. 1 - email to magentries@gmail.com / “proofs19” in subject line
Notifications / 8.21
Deliver Work / 9. 16
Reception / 9. 27
Pick up Work / 10.28

Eligibility / Specifications

Participation is open to all interested, divided into two categories: YOUTH (student artists 18 years and younger) and ADULT.

Only photographic processes will be accepted. Work must be original and have been completed in the past 3 years and not previously exhibited in a juried MAG exhibition. Work emailed to: magentries@gmail.com

Work must be ready for gallery presentation. Presentation will be considered as a factor in the awards process. If actual piece does not meet presentation standards of quality of digital expectations, the juror has the right to refuse entry.

Each exhibited piece must be labeled on the back, corresponding to entry form information.

All work must remain in the exhibition for entire length of show.

Artists must be able to deliver and retrieve work on said dates.


There is no limit on number of entries. All entries will be selected from digital images submitted as email attachments. It is to the artist’s advantage to submit high quality images.

File format must be JPG, at least 300dpi but not exceed 8MB.

Each file name should contain title, and framed image size (ex: “Night” 24”x 36”).

Entry fee is $20 for one or two entries, and $7 for each additional entry.

Youth / student entry fee is $10 for two entries and $5 for each additional entry.

Fees may be paid by check (deliver to MAG or mail along with entry form to 500 N 4th Street, Murray, KY 42071) OR pay online at our website murrayartguild.org.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Entry form should accompany digital image email, or be included with fee payment.



SALES are encouraged. MAG’s commission is 25% for members and 35% for non members. Please include commission in your sale price.

There will be no price changes after acceptance. MAG will process all sales, including sales tax. Payment to artists for artwork sold is made through the Art Market with checks issued at the end of the quarter.

AWARDS will be assigned by the juror and include the following: Best of Show $300, Second $200, Third $100, Honorable Mentions $25. For Youth Division: Jr. First Place $100, Jr. Second Place $50, Honorable Mentions $25.

SELECTION Juror will make selections from digital images. Awards will be assigned from digital images, or actual work at time of installation based on juror’s discretion.

DISCLAIMER / LIABILITY Proofs in a juried exhibition. There is no assurance implied that any given entry will be accepted into the show.

The Murray Art Guild will take the utmost care in the handling of all artwork but cannot be responsible of loss or damage to any artwork during the exhibition period.

DELIVERY / RETRIEVAL Accepted, installation ready, work should be delivered to the Wrather West Kentucky Museum (see SCHEDULE for details).

Work may be shipped prior to installation date to Murray Art Guild 500 N 4th Street, Murray, KY 42071. Please alert MAG office of intentions.

Works may be picked up at the close of the show (see SCHEDULE for details).

Failure to pick up on designated day will result in a penalty of $10/day for 30 days. Any work not picked up after 30 days will be considered abandoned.

ACCESSIBILITY MAG events and exhibitions are open to all interested persons without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin or disability.


August 1
Deadline to enter / digital entries, forms & fees.

August 21 Notifications sent via email.

September 16 Noon - 4:30pm
Accepted work delivered to Wrather West KY Museum, MSU, 16th Street & University Drive.

September 19 - October 26
PROOFS, Wrather West KY Museum, open M-F, 8am-3:30pm.

September 27
Opening reception, 5-7pm. Awards announced, 6pm.

October 28 Noon - 4:30pm
Pick up work from Wrather.


Mark Sawrie / Associate Professor of Art/Photography at Ball State University in Muncie Indiana

Mark Sawrie, Associate Professor of Art /Photography at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Sawrie has taught for 26+ years. Courses of instruction have included: all levels of photography, video art, digital imaging and film criticism. He has exhibited: photography, video, drawing and assemblage-sculpture, widely across the U.S.. Sawrie received his B.F.A. in photography in 1981 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and his M.F.A. in photography in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Some of his more influential experiences have included: tobacco cutter, product photographer, medical photographer, construction worker and pizza delivery. Know as a loner who loves people and a funny-curmudgeon with a heart of fools-gold, he is also rumored to be a cat-whisperer.

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to Oct 26

TOM CANNADY: Time Between the Lakes

You Smell Like a Minnow Bucket

You Smell Like a Minnow Bucket


Oct 4 / 5-7pm / Opening

Oct 18 / 6-8pm / MSU Homecoming

The paintings of Tom Cannady are Nostalgic representations of Americana. Neon signs, shiny chrome and paint of classic automobiles, people and places that populate our memories are all subjects on the stage in which he directs a pop impressionist style to create new perspectives or recreate a unique mood from another time.

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to Dec 20

MAG Members: Small Works



Dec 8-20

Reception and Art Market Holiday Open House

Dec 8 / 2-4

Work Delivered: Tues / Dec 3 / 10-4
Work Pickup: Sat / Dec 21 / 10-2


Participants are encouraged to include work that is for sale. Many people, community members and other MAG members, use this exhibit as an opportunity to build their collections of local art.

·       All media accepted.

·       One (or two) entries per member / membership up to date.

·       Work should be current.

·       Small means…eh, 20” or less. Talk to me if you have concerns. If we can make it work, we will!

·       Late entries will not be accepted.

·        Must be able to pick up work at designated dates (we have no storage!)

·       2D work must be ready to hang with wire!

·       Work should be labeled.


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to Jul 26



MAG Gallery
Woods / June 28 - July 27
Opening Reception Summer Art Party / June 28 / 6-9pm

Don Henry
Jack Kerr
Paul Sasso
Sarah Martin
Squire Babcock
Terry Joe Sledd
Wyatt Severs

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to Jun 21

Margaret Merida: Cosmic Imaginings


MAG Gallery
Margaret Merida: Cosmic Imaginings
June 3 - 21

Opening Reception / June 7 / 5-7pm

“The drawings in this exhibit were inspired by my fascination with Hubble photographs of the deep space of the cosmos. They pose un-answerable questions for me: how, when and who? Their beauty and their suggestion of mysterious forces at work both puzzle and inspire me. I hope my drawings capture some of the mystery I feel.”

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to May 3

Visual Evidence 2019

2019 Visual Evidence Winners

2019 Visual Evidence Winners

An Open Juried Exhibition
31st Annual

April 20 - May 3
Reception @ Art Hop, April 20, 5-8pm

Wrather West KY Museum
at Murray State University
(16th St & University Drive)



Best of Show / Side Table / Wyatt Severs

First Place Painting / Weisenheimer Altered Peace / Rick Mjos

Second Place Painting / On My Side / Caitlin Cronin

Third Place Painting / Istra with Chickens / Mary Fuhrmann

First Place Drawing/Printmaking / Almost 40 / Emily Chipman

Second Place Drawing/Printmaking / Reclining Nude / Mary Fuhrmann

Third Place Drawing/Printmaking / Koonj, Demoiselle Crane / Carolyn Belanger

First Place Mixed Media / Revolt / Ann Flowers Gosser

Second Place Mixed Media / The Messenger / Paula Danby

First Place 3D / Drift / Ann Beyer

Second Place 3D / Please Protect Us From All Evil / Kora Carlson

Third Place 3D / Lithic Time Table / Chuck Ehrsam

First Place Photography / Hydrangea Bamboo / Sandy Miller Sasso

Second Place Photography / 043 / S.N. Parks

Third Place Photography / Eyeglass / Suzanne Alexander

Merit Award / Harmonious Vibrations / Wyatt Severs

Merit Award / Daydreaming / Rachel Roberts

Merit Award / Beach Scene / Jim Stickler

Merit Award / Shadow Play / Sandra Halter

2019 Visual Evidence is generously supported by these local businesses:

Dr. Brad Robertson, DMD & Dwain Taylor Chevrolet! Thanks so much!

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to Jan 31

Joy Thomas Retrospective Exhibits

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The MAG Community Art Center is honored to announce two Retrospective Exhibits at the MSU Wrather West Kentucky Museum and the MAG Gallery,  in memory of local painter, Joy Thomas. The public is invited to attend both Opening Receptions on January 12th, from 5:00 to 8:00pm, which will feature music, light refreshments, and a talk by Fred Thomas.

Murray State University’s Wrather West Kentucky Museum will be featuring a collection of Joy’s formal portraits from across the state and five commissioned by MSU, including the Tim Miller and the late Sid Easley.  This exhibit will run from January 12th through February 2nd. The public can view this exhibit during Wrather Museum hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.

The MAG Gallery will feature a collection of drawings and paintings from family and friends of Joy.  Joy was an instrumental figure in the weekly Life Drawing class at the MAG. Current members reminisce that she could “really set up the model,” and miss her instructional perspective she brought to the studio.  The MAG Gallery exhibit will run through February 1st, and can be viewed during MAG open hours of Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 to 4:00, and Saturday 10:00 to 2:00.

Joy Thomas Murray Ledger & Times Article

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to Dec 21

MAG Members: Small Works

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MAG GALLERY: Dec 2 - 21
MAG Members: Small Works
Opening Reception / Sunday, December 2 / 2-4pm


  • All media accepted

  • One or two entries per member & membership up-to-date

  • Work should be current

  • “Small” means…eh, 20” or less. Talk to me if you have concerns. If we can make it work, we will!

  • Late entries will NOT be accepted.

  • You must be able to pick up work at designated dates (we have NO storage)!

  • 2D work must be ready to hang with a wire

  • Work should be labeled: name, title, medium, price or NFS

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to Oct 26

John & Cindy McLaren: 90 Degrees


MAG Gallery Oct 5-29

John & Cindy McLaren: 90 Degrees

Opening Reception / Friday October 5 / 5-7pm

John has been Cindy's favorite teacher ever since they met in Physics Lab at Murray State University in 1976. They continue to learn and do things together. Both are retired from Murray State, John from teaching Telecommunications, and Cindy from System Programming. John has been painting throughout his entire life. Cindy began framing, photographing, and displaying John's work in October 2015. She recently joined him in going to Life Drawing sessions, at first just to "try it out" yet she has embraced this artistic outlet ever since. John set Cindy up with a few supplies and perhaps a few pointers, but she will always remember that 'practice' is the most important part of learning.

Life Drawing, or "Life Art," as we like to call it, is a unique experience for both the artist and the model. Drawing from life provides a special energy and connection to that part of us that is so, well....human.

Enjoy Life! Enjoy Art! ~ John and Cindy McLaren “teaksouls”


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to Sep 28

Michael Nalley: To Find Meaning

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MSU OMAS Recipient of the “MAGpie Award”
Michael Nalley: To Find Meaning

Closing Reception / Friday September 28 / 5-7pm

The Murray Art Guild is honored to present the work of Michael Nalley. Nalley, a senior BFA student in Art & Deisgn, College of Humanities & Fine Arts at Murray State University, is the 2018 recipient of the MAGpie Award. The award is presented by MAG each spring during the Department of Art & Design’s annual student art show, the OMAS exhibition. His piece from the student show, which according to Nalley won him the award, is in this exhibition: “The Divine Revelation: Innocence Martyred.” Nalley is from Evansville, Indiana. His studio emphasis is in printmaking.

Artist Statement:

Meaning is derived through personal experience and a socially ingrained dogma.  My work serves as an outlet for that existential introspection, as well as an exploration of metaphysical ideas through a nihilistic lens, stripping down such derived meaning.  Formally my pieces use narrative scenes to explore themes of a life without meaning or one in search of true meaning, giving these characters form through lithography and screen printing.  The absurd and nihilistic themes serve as the metanarrative to the pieces, always ingrained in the background of each scene that is depicted.

The nihilistic and absurdist themes in my art are heavily influenced by the works of Albert Camus, most notably The Stranger.  A book that directly questions and refutes traditional morality, looking directly at what it means to live in a world without innate meaning or purpose.

My work shows detailed scenes out of a man's life, set in a pseudo-Victorian setting.  I use the time periods conflict between religion and secularism as a metaphor for the collapse of derived meaning through faith as rational thought consumes ideas of faith and the reliance of such frameworks for moral direction and meaning.  Formally my pieces focus on physical forms, characters acting in a Victorian environment in narrative scenes, using nihilistic themes as the metanarrative underlying the tale. My influences come in the form of Francis Bacon, who also explored themes of existential awakening and dread, as well as Andrew DeCean who uses detailed scenes to break down the everyday human experience through very inventive printmaking.

My artmaking is a tool in which I explore the absurd, and quantify a world without meaning.  I use narrative scenes, snapshots of life without meaning, to give visual form to philosophical ideas.  Taking inspiration from both the written word and more traditional artists. Creating art that is more focused with telling bits and pieces of a story, using existential dread and decay as a backdrop for a man's journey through life.

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to Aug 31




MAG GALLERY / Aug 10 -31
Hand Carved Decoys by the late James Philip Dobson: the James Gattis Collection
Reception Friday, Aug 24 / 5-7pm 

Song birds, Waterfowl, an Owl and a Skink:
Wood Carvings and Drawings by the late James Dobson
Reception Friday, Aug 10 / 5-7pm


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to Aug 31

Summer Art Studios for Youth Exhibit 2018 + Book Signing


Summer Art Studios for Youth Exhibit + Book Signing
August 3-31
Murray Convention & Visitor's Bureau / 206 South 4th St (across from 1st Baptist)
Closing Reception:  Aug 31 / 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Parents mark your calendars!  Please join us at the MAG closing reception to celebrate your child's best work from the summer workshops!  Friends and family can also come see the work in the gallery during normal tourism bureau hours:  Mon-Fri, 8:30 - 5:00

All work will be taken home Aug 31, 7:00, after the reception.

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Justine Riley (MAG instructor for book binding & clay) will be signing her recent book, "I'm a Horse Smeller" at this reception!  Her book can be purchased at the event, or on amazon.com

You can find out more about Justine's work and recent book at her website: sketchjournalrecord.com

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to Jul 21

Who We Are

Labor of Love,  by Eva King

Labor of Love, by Eva King

MAG Gallery June 26- July 21

An exhibition celebrating the faces and personalities that make a community. Using media of choice, artists have portrayed members of their community through visual representation and/or prose. 

(July 24: Pick Up work)

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to Jun 23

Seen and Heard Around Murray by Bryan Warner

Sassy Max & Leo by Bryan Warner

Sassy Max & Leo by Bryan Warner

MAG Gallery / June 1-23
Opening Reception June 1 / 6-8pm

Artist Statement:

The title of this body of images is taken from the local weekly newspaper column which ran for many years in the Ledger and Times. These images reflect my reverence for ordinary people, objects and things. I am interested in the different ways in which people find meaning in their lives, and how individuals explore and live in their surroundings. I derive hope from the beauty and ugliness.

I feel that people are conditioned to believe that the lives of politicians, elected officials, academics, business leaders, doctors, lawyers, and sports professionals are more important, more influential, and more significant than the lives of average nameless people.

This body of work is meant to reveal, uplift and celebrate the sometimes overlooked and underappreciated people and visual culture in our region of Kentucky.

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to May 26

Root Bound by Amanda Kaler, MAG Gallery


MAG Gallery 5/4 - 5/26
Opening Reception: Friday / May 4 / 6-8pm

Artist Statement: 
Through my work I explore the relationship between objects and their contents; when does protection become restriction?  Using cast-off fragments like bark, leaves, rocks, and animal remains in combination with living plants, I allude to the malleability of living things.  When these natural elements are displayed in containers-whether jars, boxes, or frames-I compel the viewer to question the intent of the arrangements:  Is it to elevate the object, or does it simply restrict it?  Does it force it to conform for rules that I, as creator, have placed on it? 

I repeatedly use formal components that have appeared in my previous work to confront my issues with attachment.  In reappropriating objects I depict the illusion of growth.  Through the process of artmaking, I attempt to reconcile my role as advocate and antagonist.

Artist Bio:
Amanda Kaler received her BFA in Printmaking from Murray State University in 2017, where she graduated magna cum laude.  She works in a variety of mediums with an emphasis in assemblage.  She has exhibited her work locally, winning several awards, including Best in Show/Department of Art & Design's Purchase Award at the 2017 OMAS Juried Exhibition and the Patricia L. Summerville Excellence in Printmaking Award.


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to Dec 31

Interwoven: A community art installation

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A community is interwoven, inextricably connected.  No matter age, race or gender, we are joined in the common bond of love of family, community, shared human interests and values.

In January 2018, we invited the Murray community to participate in this community arts project, creating small & large individual circular weavings to be connected together to create the full installation.  Over 850 weavings were collected from workshops at the MAG, in senior centers, by girl scouts, through take-home kits, and in schools.  On February 23rd, we held the Opening Reception at the Miller Center in Murray, KY where Interwoven stayed through April.

You can now see parts of Interwoven at the following places:

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to Feb 24

Roy Davis / Dressed For Excess: Painted Furniture from the Past


Dressed for Excess:  Painted Furniture from the Past
by Roy Davis

Opening Reception / Friday / Feb 9 / 5-7pm

Artist's Statement:

About twenty years ago I acquired some pieces of old wooden furniture--a fancy Victorian splat back chair, an ornate pedestal/lamp on view in this exhibit and three 19th century courtroom chairs (not shown in this exhibit).  They sat in a storage shed in my backyard for a long time until I thought it might be fun to give them new lives.  For decades they led very serious, purposeful lives in dimly lit Victorian homes and drab courtrooms and offices.  Since they now lived at my place I wanted them to have some fun (or at least be fun to look at).  So, using spray enamels and other unlikely design elements--aquarium gravel, pipe tobacco, articles of clothing, hairy horse hide, etc. --I dramatically changed their appearance as well as their purpose from mere function to art.  I like to think I gave them a sense of humor and made them more fun to live with.

Along the way, my friends Wayne and Kay Bates liked what I was doing and asked me to build a couple of items for their new home--headboard cabinets for their bedroom and an enclosed, combined bed/TV stand for their new puppy (TV on top/puppy below).  In the meantime, they bought a half-dozen unfinished antique cabinets and a small occasional table.  Wayne asked if I'd be interested in painting them for him and Kay with--get this--no restrictions imposed.  Wayne has strong opinions about what he calls "matchy-matchy" art.  I took that to mean "anything goes."

Making a short story long, it took almost fifteen years but I finished the last one in the past week--just in time for this exhibition.  Don't get me wrong.  There is not fifteen years of labor involved.  I worked on them as the spirit moved me, working in between other commissions from my coffin clients and occasions of low energy and inspiration.  The final piece was finished two weeks before this exhibition.

So, here's hoping you have even a fraction as much fun looking at them as I had in making them.  And please be sure to thank Wayne and Kay for their enduring patience.


Special thanks to our business sponsors, Clean Cut Lawn Service and Lucky's Grill & Pub!

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to Nov 25

David Harold Sheridan

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In the Dreamtime of Shaken Earth

MAG Gallery 11.3 - 11.25
Reception 11.11 / 6-8pm

David Harold Sheridan's photography has won numerous awards over the years.  His works are in collections across the United States, Europe and Japan.  His painting, "The Birth Of The Irish," won best of show in Impressions 2009 at the Ice House Gallery in Mayfield, Kentucky.  He is currently at work on a book, "In The Dreamtime Of Shaken Earth," a collection of his photographs and writings.  He resides in Martin, Tennessee.

"I feel that the areas of Northwest Tennessee and Western Kentucky are a major influence on my work.  The violent creation via earthquakes of the terrain and the mystery therein intrigue me. I try to capture that mystery when I can.  These photographs are heart songs to the land that gave me birth and identity."
---David Harold Sheridan

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to Oct 11

MAG 50th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit

Image of MAG's first art exhibit @ The Hitching Post in Aurora, KY1968

Image of MAG's first art exhibit @ The Hitching Post in Aurora, KY1968

Come join us as we celebrate 50 years of art!  This Retrospective Exhibit will feature artwork from MAG members from 1967-2017. 

Opening reception will be September 30th, 6-8pm.  This will be a large community event with food, music, silent auction & fun!

Held at the Robert O'Miller Center, 201 South 4th Street, Murray, KY

Sponsored in part by: Murray Construction & Real Estate, Dr. Brad Robertson DMD & Gear Up Cycles

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to Aug 30

Light and Shadow: A creative response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Light & Shadow: A Creative Response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse
August 18-30 / MAG Gallery
Reception: Sunday August 20, 2-4pm
Solar eclipse glasses available at reception!

Image: "She'll Show You When She Hides You"
Ann Flowers Gosser, mixed media

The Murray Art Guild will present the exhibit “Light & Shadow: A Creative Response to the 2017 Solar Eclipse” in August, 2017, in the Guild Gallery.  On August 21, 2017 the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly 4 decades (since 1979) will occur. For 2 minutes and 40 seconds the moon will block the sun, turning daylight to darkness and revealing the sun’s shimmering crown. A swath of western Kentucky will have a great viewing of this occurrence. As an artist, how do you respond in anticipation of this event?



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